August 11, 2012
Former slugger Rafael Palmeiro (569 home runs and 3,020 hits in 20 years, mainly with the Orioles and Rangers) said Friday that Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds should be voted into the Hall of Fame. "Keep them out and then the Hall of Fame has no credibility," Palmeiro said. Both men will be eligible for the first time starting in 2013, but their candidacies could be derailed because both have been implicated in baseball's performance-enhancing drugs scandal. Palmeiro has his own problems with PEDs and the Hall.
March 25, 2010 |
Former major league star Dwight Gooden has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs and leaving the scene of an accident. The former pitcher for the New York Mets and Yankees had his 5-year-old son in his vehicle at the time of the two-vehicle crash around 9 a.m. Tuesday, Franklin Lakes (N.J.) police Capt. Joseph Seltenrich said. Police said no one was injured. Gooden also was charged with child endangerment and motor vehicle violations, authorities said.
May 27, 2010 |
I'm the GM, Part I Despite a miserable 15-30 record the Houston Astros say they are not attempting to trade righthander Roy Oswalt, who recently said he would like to go to a contender. "I've got a small window," Oswalt told reporters on Friday. "I've got two years left, and I'm trying to get back to the playoffs. I haven't been there since '05. " To which general manager Ed Wade offered the following acid response: "Roy's contract has a no-trade clause, not a trade-me clause.
November 19, 2009 |
The Los Angeles Angels could have crumbled when pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed in a car accident in April, overcome by waves of grief and sadness. Mike Scioscia, of Springfield, Delaware County, kept them moving forward. "There wasn't one defining moment," he said. "I think as the season started to evolve guys found that sense of purpose to play baseball again and they played it at a very, very high level. " For his deft touch during a trying season, Scioscia won the AL Manager of the Year award yesterday for the second time.
July 14, 2009 |
So much for the plan to have Manny Acta's patient optimism lead the Washington Nationals out of the doldrums. The abysmal won-loss record became too much to stomach, costing him his job at the All-Star break and adding another layer of instability to the worst team in baseball. Acta was fired after the team reached the unofficial halfway mark of the season with a 26-61 record, on pace to clear the 100-loss mark for the second consecutive year. Acting general manager Mike Rizzo - himself an interim placeholder - announced Acta's dismissal yesterday morning.